Former Cocteau Twin (Simon Raymonde) teams up with dreamy female singer… and yes, it sounds pretty much like the premise would indicate, but that doesn’t make it any less gorgeous. Stephanie Dosen isn’t Liz Fraser and doesn’t try to be, but their voices certainly share similarities and both make for a lush wall of beauty when layered. There’s no attempt to replicate the inimitable sound of Robin Guthrie’s complex tapestry of guitars; instead, the arrangements are more spare and open, the instruments more acoustic than not, with Dosen’s voice the main focus. While not without a pulse, the art is in the understatement; it’s a mostly quiet album, moody, atmospheric and lovely. Included is a companion album (Luna) of remixes by RxGibbs, which is a worthwhile listen in its own right.
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